Centennial, Colorado, is located 25 minutes south of Denver, just off Interstate25. In a strategic move, it formed in 2001 from portions of unincorporated Arapahoe County, such as Castlewood and SouthGlenn. They wanted to improve their tax base by preventing the neighboring city of Greenwood Village from annexing more unincorporated areas and improving their tax revenue.
The city incorporated on the campaign promise to keep the tax rate at 1%, but this didn’t work. The tax rate is currently 2.5%, which is still better than the 3.8% being considered by those appealing the incorporation.
The citizens approved Centennial – chosen because of its historical value – as the official name during the vote to incorporate. Colorado joined the Union in 1876 – the centennial year of the Declaration of Independence.
Although Centennial is considered a young town, its population has already exceeded 111,000. In addition, Centennial has been recognized locally and nationally dozens of times by many well-known organizations, such as Money, 24/7 Wall Street, USA Today, NerdWallet, and SmartAsset.
So why does Centennial receive so many raving reviews? It’s because Centennial has consistently outperformed all other cities across the nation with similar populations. In addition to having top-ranked public schools and being one of the safest communities in Colorado, as of 2019: